GarrettB (1391) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Summer 2011 - Highlight of my visit to Falling Rock in Denver. Highlight of the afternoon, wandering around Denver. Highlight of a week filled with lots of beer adventures. Maybe even the highlight of a summer that witnessed me and my friend traveling the span of Colorado in search of good beer. The Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a masterpiece, and I had the pleasure of making out with it in the stylish basement of the Falling Rock tap house. Beer drinking might get better than this, (Cantillon in a Belgian field at sunset?) but I think I’ve come close. It was too dark to ogle the color, so I went straight to inhale the perfume coming off the beer. I’m sure I looked like a geriatric patient clutching at an air mask, but it felt like I had broken through smog and got to inhale my first breath of fresh sequoia forest. Blood orange, red grapes, strawberries, gentle prods of cocoa, a rounded edge of malt, and the kind of Belgian yeast aroma that inspired so much of the craft beer revolution. The flavor follows in suit, featuring A light orange citrus zest, and underneath that there is champagne, more of those sweet, desiccated red grapes, Palisade peach, deep cherry notes and even an apple crispness that might be cousin to the champagne flavors I already noted. I also detect smaller but no less appreciable flavors of golden raisins and vanilla beans in the nose, only after the beer has had some time to warm up to its environs. Similarly, with a little warmth the beer provides some lovely brown sugar notes, opening up the spectrum of dark sweets in further. This beer is, frankly, a masterpiece, and deserves all the credit its earned. I don’t know who brought more to the table - Sierra Nevada or their Belgian, theist counterparts - but this tastes something like a work of a higher being. Bravo!
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The original. SN as in many of its beersw makes championship quality even though bigger batch. Bang on the style, its like a good drinking wine,with a nice sweetness and smooth mouthfeel.A natural brown-winish colour.
Dervock (870) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - dark pour with a reddish twinge. Aroma is sweet lots of dried fruit and sugar, bit of malt in there too. Taste is sweet up front then a transition into a dry bittersweet finish, fruit and roast malt come through.
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent pour tonight at FD for $6... okay price.. decent tan head... okay lacing as the walnut colored brew drops.
Nose is complex, but not as much so as some of the best continental bottles, but still nicely done... dark toast crusts and raisins... fig and maybe a little pepper and light clove.
Big maltiness... dark toast... brown sugar essence... dried cherry and a bit of fig...
medium body with quite a bit carbonation.. perhaps a bit too much for given the body...
Gets significantly better with warmth.... seems to bloom and jump out of the glass much more as it approaches room temperature.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, and some woody notes. Flavors of dark malts and fruits, fig, and some tobacco notes.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a hint of ruby when held to the light. Quicker diminishing beige head. Dark malt and fruit aromas along with some pipe tobacco. Sweet flavors, with some berries, bananas and toasted wheat. Alcohol id quite hidden. Quite dangerous, but not that appealing to make one go to wild. 11/11
DeliriumT (469) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with soft pillowy head. Aroma of brown sugar, plums, dates and figs. Flavour is sweet and complex. Rich dark fruits dominate with a whack of dates and raisins. Lovely beer!
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stepthom (8) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at growler bar. Black with a tan head. Sweet malt nose. Roasted malt caramel flavor. Strong notes of dried fruit, raisin or prune. Sweet overall. Not to boozy for the high ABV.
hockey9930 (242) - - DEC 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with frothy long lasting one finger tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma with a little coffee and earthiness. Powerful dark roasted flavor with strong alcohol. Has a somewhat of a Bourbon barrel flavor with dark fruits such prunes and raisins. A heavy palette; a bit thick and oily. Really enjoyable. I will get this again.
mike5326 (1538) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a sweet malt flavor and a medium finish.
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Luvystypotables (1515) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of plums and fruit, dark brown color with a thin tan head. Medium body with a taste of fruit and a hint of malt.